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EQc4.2 - Low-emitting materials - paints and coatings
LEED BD+C: New Construction
CIR- Enamel Paint & Green Seal On many projects there is the need to use high performance paint, such as enamel, in areas where there is high abrasion, such as doorframes and trim work. In all...
CIR- Enamel Paint & Green Seal On many projects there is the need to use high performance paint, such as enamel, in areas where there is high abrasion, such as doorframes and trim work. In all cases, enamel (oil or water based) does not met the Green Seal VOC limit of 150 g/l for a non-flat interior coating. If an alternative product were to be used, it would have to be repainted sooner than enamel, thus giving off more VOCs over time than if enamel had been used in the first place. In speaking with industry manufacturers, they stated that on average oil-based and water-based enamels would last on average 15-20 years. In contrast a lower VOC alternative, such as a satin finish latex paint, may last anywhere from 1-10 years depending on location and wear conditions. In addition, the areas in which enamel are used are typically small, limited to doorframes, trim, and stairwells. In the cases where enamel should be used, should we use the Green Seal standard of 150 g/l, or is there an alternative standard we should use, for example, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Regulation 8 Organic Compounds, Rule 3 Architectural Coatings which lists the VOC limit for quick-dry enamel as 250 g/l?
There are enamel paints available that do not exceed 150 g/L. (For example, Benjamin Moore Eco Spec Enamel is 50g/L.) All interior paints, including enamel, are required to meet the Green Seal VOC limits. Enamel is considered an interior top coat paint, with a limit of 50 g/L for a flat finish, and 150 g/L for a non-flat finish. If the project is forced to use small quantities of non-complying paint, a VOC budget can be calculated to demonstrate that the overall average VOC of all products (based on gallons of each applied) is below the allowed limit. For coatings not addressed by Green Seal, refer to the CIR on EQ 4.2 dated 11/7/01. Applicable Internationally.
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